Managers: The Execution Plan by gEO

The big plans of a business can prove to be nothing more than fantasies for which employees come in on a regular to help the CEO fan the flames of his day dreaming adventures. Putting up a classy vision statement at the entrance of your office does not make you a successful leader of a company. Yes vision is the responsibility of the leader and he/she must actively motivate his followers to plug in but after you have inspired people to work with or for you there is need for another ingredient which this article will address.

Each and every leader must be able to lead and make progress which is clearly noticeable. Most leaders usually repeat the vision believing that doing so keeps a fire burning in their subordinates and inspires them to contribute to the vision. This is partly true but if it’s your only approach to getting the job done then it becomes a wrong approach. Being visionary is not alone enough but leaders must strike a balance between reinforcing the vision and work put in to actualizing the vision. One of the ways to actualizing a leader’s dream is to provide a practical specific plan how things are to be done i.e. set goals and show employees step by step processes that have to be engaged to fulfill the vision. A strategic plan must be engineered so that an organization knows where it is going and how to get there in a specific time period. The fulfillment of this vision also requires all sections in the organization to be aligned to the main vision of the organization for the sake of unified work at all levels. This means that if certain departments are not adding to the main purpose of the organization, the wise thing to do is to “kill them.” All efforts must be focused on the big picture of the organization.

When it comes to the church, these management principles are necessary for leadership development thus they can be applied there as well. I’ve found that church leaders are afraid of principles such as killing or restructuring of dormant departments. But if that’s what it takes to have an effective strategy to actualize the vision then be it. There must, however, be the leading of the Holy Spirit and leaders must avoid leading the church simply as a business entity.

Leaders that grow are the ones that can lead effectively and efficiently. How is growth attained? In developing leadership skills and abilities, leaders must actually earnestly seek knowledge on how to be better leaders e.g. reading books, seeking mentors, models for leadership development and so on. Further, leaders, especially in the church, must lead diligently and use their spiritual gifts to the fullest extent possible as the destiny and success of the church and the redemption of society are dependent upon the church leaders and the quality of their leadership.

Running an organization doesn’t end on vision. Go beyond the dream and Set your strategy- execution plan.

Principles drawn from Bill Hybels – Courageous Leadership, Mark Driscoll –  Confessions of a Reformed Rev

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~ by thenativez on October 27, 2012.

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